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Biological Science Technician

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Department Of Agriculture
United States Citizens Term NTE 4 years Full Time
_Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table_
This position is located in the Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit in Manhattan, KS. The incumbent of the position will perform a variety of basic wheat milling laboratory, field, and research functions as it relates to the planning, gathering, and analysis of wheat samples.
This is a term position for 13 months with a possible extension of up to 4 years.
You must be a US Citizen or US National Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Svc., or exempt Subject to favorable adjudication of a background investigation Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period This is a term position
Duties of this position include:
Using chemicals, stock solutions, etc., to prepare solutions and reagents for use in the wheat milling laboratory, field, or greenhouse.
Assisting in collecting research data according to instructions and standardized procedures (e.g., recognition of valid data, data quality assessment and appropriate storage).
Assisting in resolving technical research difficulties and/or results.
Using specialized equipment (e.g. laboratory-scale wheat mills, grinders, separators, blenders, tempering and seed cleaning devices) to aid in the conducting of wheat/flour science research experiments.
Using word processing software to maintain detailed records of experimental data.
In order to qualify for this position, you must meet ONE of the requirements below.
To qualify for the GS-04 position:
General and/or Specialized Experience: You must have 6 months of general experience performing progressively responsible work that demonstrates your ability to acquire the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position to be filled as well as 6 months of specialized experience performing the following tasks under close supervisor:
Assisting in one or more phases of research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties in a wheat milling laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment;
Assisting with the use of a variety of wheat milling equipment to record instrument readings, collect samples, and take measurements;
Handling research samples; and
Updating records and inventories of wheat and flour materials.
Must be reflected in your resume
OR
Education: You must have successfully completed two years of study above high school that included 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as grain science, agriculture, biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, or mathematics AND have at least 6 semester hours of courses directly related to the position. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
OR
Combination: You must have a combination of the experience described above and at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as grain science, agriculture, biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, or mathematics AND have at least 6 semester hours of courses which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position. For example, 6 months of the general experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and 1 year of college study from an accredited institution which included the required coursework (50% of the qualifying education) as specified above equals 100% of the total requirement. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran''s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies):
Knowledge of the principles of milling science research
Ability to use scientific instrumentation for milling science research
Knowledge of basic milling science project procedures, processes, and methods.
Skill in the use of personal computers and software packages for data collection, analysis, and presentation.
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this job announcement. We are available to assist you during normal business hours. Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hard copy application packages must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on an as-needed basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register, answer the required questions, create a resume, and submit all necessary documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at / and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
Resume clearly describing your experience related to this position as described in the "Major Duties," "Qualifications," and "How you will be evaluated" sections of this announcement.
Responses to the on-line Occupational Questionnaire
If you are a veteran and you are claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. This "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. For more information on veterans' preference see /.
If you are using education to qualify (or if there is an education requirement) you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. You must submit with your application evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at . You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcripts; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application.
You may track progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interview and selection. We will notify you, via your USAJOBS account, of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Log in to your USAJOBS account at to check your application status. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
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Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
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